Barton Malow – St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital

The first few moments between a mother and her newborn child can prove critical – especially in the overall health of an infant whose arrival came too soon. The new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla., has been designed to make sure the infants who need the most care receive the help they need and stay close to their mother’s natural nurturing ways.

Barton Malow is delivering a 125,000-square-foot NICU addition as a construction manager. The $50 million project will feature women’s ancillary services, 64 NICU beds and 24 additional private suites for medical-surgical patients. The addition also will house a new center for breast health.

According to Barton Malow, each neonatal bed will be housed in a private suite with support space for families, overnight accommodations and an individualized environment to improve the developmental process and the growth of the neonates.

The construction team broke ground on the first phase of this project in March 2010 and completion is slated for August 2011.

Tight Site

The major challenge for this project had to do with building on a site with space limitations due to existing structures. Senior Project Manager Doug Britt says with a fully functional and occupied hospital approximately 40 feet away, meticulous scheduling of deliveries and subcontractors’ scopes of work was essential.

“Being only a few feet away from an existing hospital and a few feet away from another tenant, it was like fitting the structure in with a shoehorn,” Britt says. “We had to sit down and do a lot logistically and try to anticipate what we were going to do.

“We spent a lot of time  in the planning phase preparing for the actual construction.”

One aspect that certainly helped this process is the teamwork from the construction players. Britt says those involved with this project had set their sights on the successful delivery of the addition from the start.

“Everyone seems to be working really well together toward the common goal of providing an excellent project and hopefully exceeding our client’s expectations,” Britt says.

Barton Malow’s key partners include KHS & S Contractors, Hanlon Acoustical Ceilings and Sourini Painting.

Familiar Faces

Barton Malow earned this contract after responding to a request for proposal. Britt believes the company was selected for numerous reasons, including familiarity with the team presented by Barton Malow.

While this is Barton Malow’s first project for the owner BayCare Health System, Britt says the majority of his staff worked with the owner on a recently completed new greenfield hospital for another contractor that is no longer involved in the Florida healthcare sector. In fact, Britt himself was the senior project manager for the $225 million St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, which opened in February 2010.

“What it amounts to is the client has a philosophy that it’s all about people and relationships,” Britt says. “We earned their respect and confidence not because of our words but as a result of our actions,  meaning we delivered on our promises and commitments.  It is important to this client that the individuals who make up the ‘team’ have integrity, ‘people’ – they can look at face to face and build strong relationships with.”

This familiarity especially comes into play during the planning and purchasing portions of the process. For instance, by allowing BayCare Health System to purchase its own materials, it can apply its nonprofit status for tax savings.

“It helps knowing what their policies and procedures are for doing things especially when working for a nonprofit hospital,” he says. “I believe that what made this project a success was remembering the lessons we learned on our previous project with this owner – the importance of being able to meet and/or exceed client expectations when it comes to budgeting and scheduling, without sacrificing the quality of work and being proficient and creative at problem-solving.”

Britt believes the successful delivery of St. Joseph’s Hospital-North and this NICU addition will lead to more work for Barton Malow from BayCare Health Systems. He says the owner will issue another $225 million in contracts for the construction of a greenfield hospital in the southern part of Hillsborough County, Fla., as well as a renovation and addition job in downtown Tampa. These contracts should be awarded in the first quarter of 2012, according to Britt.

Barton Malow is one of the largest contractors in the United States, boasting more than 1,000 full-time employees and a network of regional offices.

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